•   
  •   
  •   

WorldDefying China blacklist, some Hong Kong celebrities are speaking out during protests

17:21  13 july  2019
17:21  13 july  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Hong Kong leader seeks meeting with students after mass protests

Hong Kong leader seeks meeting with students after mass protests Hong Kong leader seeks meeting with students after mass protests

Hong Kong singer Denise Ho has been blacklisted , banned from the mainland, had Pro -democracy Hong Kong singer Denise Ho after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Yet she continues to speak out . Ho’s talk came after a month of protests in Hong Kong against an

China , which considers self-ruled Taiwan to be part of its territory rather than an independent state with rights to diplomacy, has long bristled over attention-grabbing activities by Taiwanese leaders in the United Defying China blacklist , some Hong Kong celebrities are speaking out during protests .

Defying China blacklist, some Hong Kong celebrities are speaking out during protests© FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images/TNS Pro-democracy Hong Kong singer Denise Ho after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on July 8, 2019.

BEIJING - Hong Kong singer Denise Ho spoke past two interruptions by a Chinese diplomat at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Ho said that Hong Kong's democracy and human rights were under "serious attack" and that China should be removed from the council for kidnapping booksellers, jailing activists, disqualifying Hong Kong lawmakers and preventing universal suffrage.

'Dancing aunties' spark new Hong Kong protest

'Dancing aunties' spark new Hong Kong protest Renewed confrontations broke out between police and protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday evening -- this time sparked by anger over provocative "dancing aunties" who have long vexed local residents near the border with China. 

British Ambassador Kim Darroch speaks during a National Economists Club event in 2017 at the British Embassy in Washington. Defying China blacklist , some Hong Kong celebrities are speaking out during protests .

Defying China blacklist , some Hong Kong celebrities are speaking out during protests . BEIJING -- Hong Kong singer Denise Ho spoke past two interruptions by a Chinese diplomat at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Although more than 1 in 4 Hong Kongers have participated in recent protests, according to organizers' counts, most Hong Kong celebrities have steered clear of participation or public comment.

Entertainers across the Chinese music sphere as well as Western artists have been banned from performing in China because of perceived insult to the Chinese government and its policies.

Ho is among those who have been blacklisted, banned from the mainland, had concerts canceled and lost sponsorship deals because of their pro-democracy activism.

Yet she continues to speak out.

Ho's talk came after a month of protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill that would allow suspected criminals to be sent to China to face trial. Millions of Hong Kongers have protested against the bill, fearing it would erode the region's rule of law and freedom of speech.

Hong Kong protesters march again, aiming to take their message to the mainland

Hong Kong protesters march again, aiming to take their message to the mainland The demonstrations sparked by a controversial extradition bill have expanded, with calls for the resignation of Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam , who said the rule of law must be upheld. Protesters have focused much of their ire on Lam, calling for her to step down even after she relented and suspended the proposed extradition bill indefinitely. Protesters have said the bill would threaten the former British colony's semi-autonomous rule and have demanded it be scrapped permanently. Hong Kong was allowed to maintain its own legal system for 50 years after being returned to China in 1997.

People are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill. Get the latest updates here. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hopes things work out between the Chinese central A police officer fires tear gas during clashes with protesters in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

Media in Hong Kong are reporting that celebrities who have expressed support of the pro -democracy protests like Chow Apple Daily and others say that Chinese propaganda officials have drawn up a list of 47 celebrities and directed mainland Chinese media outlets to keep them out of the press.

The bill has now become a symbol of Hong Kong protesters' resistance to Beijing's growing control over the territory. Protests have erupted into clashes with police and led to dozens of arrests.

Ho had just mentioned the police's use of rubber bullets and tear gas when the Chinese representative to the human rights council interrupted, saying she had used incorrect legal terminology for Hong Kong.

"Four people committed suicide, as an ultimate cry of despair. This anger of Hong Kongers follows years of deceitful promises," Ho said when she regained the floor. "China is preventing our democracy at all costs."

At Ho's mention of the "one country, two systems" model and its violation by China, the Chinese diplomat interrupted again, saying the singer was "defaming" China.

The Cantopop singer, also known as HOCC, has become a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and its LGBTQ community (she was the first singer to come out as lesbian in Hong Kong). She wore a black blazer and T-shirt to the U.N. meeting that read: "We stand as one."

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill is dead after mass protests Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday the extradition bill that sparked the territory's biggest political crisis in decades was dead, admitting that the government's work on the bill had been a "total failure". The bill, which would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China to face trial, sparked huge and at times violent street protests and plunged the former British colony into turmoil. In mid-June Lam responded to huge protests by suspending the bill, but that move failed to mollify critics, who continued to demonstrate against the bill and call for Lam's resignation.

However, Hong Kong 's Legislative Council (LegCo) delayed a second reading of the controversial extradition bill and it is By Martin Yip, BBC News Chinese , Hong Kong . The morning after the most violent protests Hong Kong has Telegram boss links cyber attack during HK protests to China .

A protester shouts next to policemen during a rally against the proposed amendments to extradition law in Hong Kong . Organizers of the protest say more than 1 million turned out to the streets, or roughly one in seven Hong Kong residents, but police estimated the crowds were far smaller.

After she waited for the interruption to end, she asked for China's removal from the human rights council and for an urgent U.N. session to "protect the people of Hong Kong."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Tuesday that Ho's request was a "pipe dream" and that foreign powers, specifically the United States, were interfering in China's domestic affairs.

"It is wrong for any external forces to interfere in Hong Kong affairs in whatever form," he said. "Any attempt to incite chaos in the (special administrative region) by hyping up this issue has no support and will not succeed."

Politics has increasingly seeped into the entertainment sphere in China, where artists who touch on anything deemed sensitive to Beijing risk losing access to a market of 1.4 billion potential fans.

It's a make-or-break calculation that has pushed many Chinese-language celebrities into silence on issues such as Hong Kong's anti-extradition bill protests.

Actor and martial artist Jackie Chan, who performed at a concert in Hong Kong to support pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, was asked about the Hong Kong protests during an album promotion in Taiwan last month.

Hong Kong braces for fresh anti-government march

Hong Kong braces for fresh anti-government march Hong Kong is bracing for another huge anti-government march on Sunday afternoon with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub, sparked by years of rising anger over Beijing's rule. Beyond agreeing to suspend the extradition bill there has been few other concessions and fears are rising that Beijing's patience is running out. Earlier this week the South China Morning Post reported that Beijing was drawing up a plan to deal with Hong Kong, citing sources on the mainland.

HONG KONG — For the second Sunday in a row, hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong demonstrated against a proposed law that would allow extraditions to mainland China , despite the local government’s announcement a day earlier that it was indefinitely suspending the bill .

A Hong Kong pro -democracy protester holds an umbrella in front of police guarding Government House Some said Hong Kong artists have been "too spoiled" by fans on the mainland, whose "How much money did mainland China offer to rescue Hong Kong during the economic recession?

"I don't know anything about it," said Chan, who over the years has become known for his pro-Beijing stance.

Other artists have made even more drastic turnarounds.

Hou Dejian, a Taiwanese singer whose songs were popular during the 1989 protests and who went on a hunger strike alongside dissidents including Liu Xiaobo in Tiananmen Square, now composes nationalistic songs in Beijing.

In 2018, he released a song called "Chinese Dream," praising President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road development plan.

Hong Kong actress Charmaine Sheh received backlash from mainland Chinese internet users after "liking" an Instagram post about the anti-extradition bill protests last month. She later retracted the "like" and posted an apology.

"I love my country and I love Hong Kong," Sheh said.

In 2016, 16-year-old Taiwanese singer Chou Tzu-yu was forced to make a televised apology for waving a Taiwanese flag on a television show in South Korea. Mainland internet users had called for her and her band, Twice, to be banned from performing in China.

"There is only one China," Chou said in her apology, reading flatly from a piece of paper. "I have always felt proud to be Chinese."

Western artists aren't spared from political censorship either. Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 and Bon Jovi have all been banned for having met with or tweeted to the Dalai Lama.

Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker

Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker

Pro -democracy protesters in Hong Kong said Monday they would continue their occupation of key Student protesters connect electric extension cords to charge their phones during a sit-in protest in Pro -democracy protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls

Hong Kong officials have said Hong Kong courts will have the final say over whether to grant such extradition requests, and suspects accused of political and religious crimes will not be extradited. Hong Kong protests : Protesters march during a demonstration against a controversial extradition law

Singer Katy Perry stopped receiving visas to China after she wore a dress featuring sunflower appliques during a performance in Taiwan in 2015 in a seeming nod to the Sunflower Movement, an occupation of the Taiwanese legislature by students protesting a trade agreement they believed would give Beijing too much influence over Taiwan.

Ho faced similar pressures after supporting Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014, even composing a song called "Raise the Umbrella."

Yellow umbrellas became the movement's symbol after students raised them as protection from tear gas in the streets.

State media in China labeled Ho and other artists who had supported the protesters as traitors, circulating lists of singers and actors who were no longer to be mentioned or allowed in mainland China.

But Ho has remained defiant, alongside actors Anthony Wong and Chow Yun-fat, all of whom have taken hits to their careers for supporting pro-democracy protesters.

Meanwhile, artists perceived to be pro-Beijing also face backlash from Hong Kong's protesters. After Hong Kong singer Alan Tam appeared at a pro-police rally last month, angry Hong Kong fans shared photos of themselves cutting his records apart.

But losing Hong Kong fans may not make a significant dent in the finances of stars who can make big money in China. Tam has three concerts scheduled within the next month in major cities of mainland China.

Ho's music has meanwhile placed her values above profit and pragmatism.

"It was because of this loss of the China market, because I could no longer rely on this easy revenue, that I became grounded to reality," she said at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, in November.

"As I was forced out of my glamorous world, I gained a new perspective of what I could actually accomplish."

Stripped of glitzy advertising deals and tours in Chinese cities, she now holds crowdfunded concerts supported by local businesses and runs her own record label, signing indie artists in Hong Kong and performing on "tour" in Hong Kong trams, sidewalks and shops.

She recently collaborated with Taiwanese singers on another song supporting the anti-extradition bill protesters.

"Walking on the road of non-sycophancy, footsteps are destined to be slow," she sings in Cantonese. "Yet, I don't believe I'll be standing firm alone."

The song's title is a Chinese character that means "support" or "sustain," expressing solidarity and perseverance between Taiwan and Hong Kong.

It's also the verb used for opening an umbrella.

Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com

Read More

Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker.
Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!